Degenerative disc disease (DDD) disability benefits can be difficult to secure due to the confusing nature of DDD symptoms. If you have questions about filing a disability claim, contact the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC today.
Degenerative disc disease is the most common cause of lower back pain. It occurs when the intervertebral discs of the spine begin to wear down or erode. These discs are like rubber that acts as a cushion between the vertebrae. They allow you to move and bend with ease and flexibility. They can be likened to shock absorbers. But, like rubber, they tend to crack and deteriorate with age. It can result in a variety of medical conditions such as degenerative arthritis.
When applying for degenerative disc disease disability, you need to show the following symptoms:
Multiple forms of evidence must be available to ensure you will receive degenerative disc disease disability benefits. A clinical diagnosis for this condition would include the following:
The aging process is one cause of degenerating discs which makes the potential for securing a degenerative disc disease disability award more difficult. In addition, the pain that accompanies degenerative disc disease is often intermittent according to the patients themselves so insurance companies are challenged to ensure they provide the necessary benefits according to need.
Finally, there is no determinant test that can speak to the level of discomfort a person is experiencing and how it impacts their ability to function on the job or at home. In other words, only the person in pain can explain with accuracy how degenerative disc disease is affecting them. Because a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease is so obscure insurance companies may even choose to set aside or deny the request for degenerative disc disease disability benefits.
They may only grant assistance in those instances when chronic and debilitating pain is evident such as the inability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time or in cases where the disability can be seen with an MRI or (to a lesser extent) CT scan.
Back pain is a common complaint. Causes may be from degenerative disc disease but may also stem from lumbar issues, spinal stenosis or more. As a result, insurers are careful to comb through the applicant’s medical records in search of the following items that will support the presence of DDD and the claim for degenerative disc disease disability benefits.
Finally, the insurance adjuster will review the physician’s medical notes, the trajectory of treatment and the doctor’s specialty as part of determining the legitimacy of the claim. Regular medical oversight by an M.D. and/or D.O. will be most compelling.
CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC is a proven, reliable source of assistance for help with long term disability claims. To learn more about degenerative disc disease disability benefits, contact us today.